It’s a pandemic! A Drunk Pandemic! Leading the September issue of ArtReview is a special project by Chim↑Pom that spreads from the cover deep into the pages of the magazine, connecting the dots between Europe’s nineteenth-century cholera epidemics, beer-brewing, urine and contemporary Tokyo’s sewage system. A different kind of contamination is at the heart of a feature considering the cross-pollination of Brazil’s musical and artistic scenes with political resistance, from the era of Bossa Nova to today.
Meanwhile, Chris Fite-Wassilak wonders whether a tendency towards the use of voiceovers in recent video art is a conscious response to the wider political climate in which ‘everyone is angling to speak over, on top or past each other, just not to each other’. Profiles of Rayyane Tabet and Dayanita Singh look at artistic strategies that attempt to offset assumptions and firmly delineated contours: the Beirut-based Tabet by playing on slippage between form and narrative, object and context; and New Delhi-native Singh by ceaselessly reframing the definition and possibilities of photography as art.
Also in this issue
A new, expanded opinion section, in which our columnists zoom in and out of the artworld: J.J. Charlesworth investigates the glamorous life of a former ArtReview contributor; Mark Rappolt picks up on contemporary art’s taste for the baroque; Jonathan T.D. Neil samples the bitter fruits of the Whitney controversy; and Patrick Langley explores what silence sounds like.
Reviews from around the world including Kathy Acker at the ICA, London, Rebecca Horn at Centre Pompidou-Metz, Steven Parrino at Skarstedt, New York, and Grada Kilomba at Pinacoteca de São Paulo; plus this summer’s festivals and biennials, including Manchester International Festival, Norway’s Momentum 10, London’s one-night happening Nocturnal Creatures and more.
A guide to this month’s must-see exhibitions; breakfast with Yoan Capote; an interview with Keren Cytter ahead of shows in New York and Düsseldorf; an extended books section including a survey of Mei-mei Berssenbrugge’s new and recent poetry collections and a review of Johny Pitts’s Afropean: Notes from Black Europe; and the challenges of commissioning art for outer space…